Prof. Noll was formerly a professor at Trinity Episcopal School for Ministry in Ambridge PA – which is the most conservative of all the Episcopal Seminaries. He is now the Chancellor of an Anglican university in Uganda.
Prof Noll has written a piece in which he tries to explain fully what the Communique from the Primates is asking of the Episcopal Church:
“In their ‘Key Recommendations,’ the Primates ‘emphasise the need to affirm the Windsor Report (TWR) and the standard of teaching commanding respect across the Communion (most recently expressed in Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference.’ The placement of this statement as the first and foremost of the ‘Foundations’ gives it a prominence that simply cannot be avoided.
True, they name The Windsor Report first and Lambeth 1.10 second. Someone may say: ‘I can agree with TWR without agreeing to Lambeth 1.10.’ Well, you may say so, but this is not what the Primates are saying. The Recommendation intentionally couples TWR as the practical outworking of the Lambeth Resolution. Lest there be any doubt about how they read TWR, they include this statement.
11. What has been quite clear throughout this period is that the 1998 Lambeth Resolution 1.10 is the standard of teaching which is presupposed in the Windsor Report and from which the primates have worked. This restates the traditional teaching of the Christian Church that ‘in view of the teaching of Scripture, [the Conference] upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believes that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage’, and applies this to several areas which are discussed further below. The Primates have reaffirmed this teaching in all their recent meetings, and indicated how a change in the formal teaching of any one Province would indicate a departure from the standard upheld by the Communion as a whole.
This call to affirm and conform to biblical, historic, ecumenical and Communion teaching is, it seems to me, central to any response by TEC to the Primates.”
Prof. Noll goes on to speak of his discomfort with the writings of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who he believes does not wholeheartedly support the statements in Lambeth 1.10 as well as the words of the Episcopal Church’s Presiding Bishop who clearly disagrees with the statements and is hoping to find a way to change them.
I’m struck that there is a spectrum of interpretations emerging about what exactly is being asked of the Episcopal Church. The interpretations range from that of our Presiding Bishop to that of Prof. Noll’s.
Though people are telling me that we in the Episcopal Church are being asked a clear question, I’m afraid I’m not seeing exactly what that question is yet…
Read the rest here: Theological Writings, Papers, etc. – American Anglican Council Live Website